Wine Making

The state of the art winery was first opened in 2010 and now all Nutbourne wines are produced on site. Total wine production is between 40,000 and 60,000 bottles per year. Winemaking is headed up by our consultant Wine Maker, Owen Elias, several times winner of the UK Wine Maker of the Year. Owen possesses great knowledge and expertise; a very natural approach and talent; and hands-on involvement in every stage of the production. He achieves outstanding results at both Nutbourne and the other vineyards where he is involved.

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Owen - Nutbourne Winery
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Sea of Bottles at Nutbourne Winery

Nutbourne regularly wins awards, medals and trophies in both national and international competitions.

Nutbourne Vineyards are delighted that we won Gold for our Nutbourne Sussex Reserve 2013, the first still English wine to take home a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.



Sussex Reserve 2013. The judges tasting notes said “Pale lemon colour. Nose is fragrant, delicate and floral, packed with greenfruits and nettles, very English, a hint of custard. On the palate, very pretty with crisp acidity supporting purity of fresh fruit and waxy texture, long finish. Very well-done. Superb wine.”

Previously, Nutbourne was pleased to win one of only two Gold Medals in 2014 for our Nutty Brut 2011 Sparkling and now to have a similar achievement for one of our still wines is a great honour.


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The judges described the Nutty as :-

"Pale golden bronze colour with good bubbles. The nose is evocative of walking through an English orchard - apples, pears, peaches and flowers.  The palate is more profound, with delicious pastry and brioche notes, excellent acidic bite and autolytic characters. The finish is again late summer in England. A superb wine with a world class style."

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Sussex Reserve 2013 won a Silver Medal.

This builds on our success last year when our Nutty Brut 2010 won the United Kingdom WINE OF THE YEAR 2013.

It was described by the judges (all Masters of Wine) as follows: “pale gold, persistent bubbles & cordon; yeasty with a hint of toast, apple/pear fruit; rich palate with noticeable autolytic character, excellent concentration balanced with crisp acidity & density of flavours, delicate mousse, very good length Gorgeous!”